Bonding and Contouring

Resculpt Your Smile

Bonding and ContouringMinor imperfections can make an otherwise beautiful smile lack uniformity, consistency, or symmetry. Bonding and contouring may offer comprehensive improvement. In many cases, a small amount of additional tissue – or the gentle reduction of tissue – can have a significant visual effect. Common imperfections that we may address with dental bonding and dental contouring include chips, cracks, uneven tooth length, and spaces between teeth.

Dental Bonding

Bonding is often referred to as “additive” because we use it to build up tooth tissue where you could use more. We may also apply a camouflaging layer of material over an area suffering from esthetic damage. To bond your tooth, we will use composite, a synthetic acrylic-resin material that we may color-match to your tooth’s shade. After applying layers of composite to the target site, we will shape it according to your needs, set the composite, and polish your tooth. Benefits include:

  • Camouflaging minor cracks or stains
  • Filling spaces between teeth
  • Lengthening individual teeth for a more symmetrical smile
  • Improving minor chips
  • Bonding is budget-friendly and typically requires a single visit

Dental Contouring

We often suggest that patients think of dental contouring as the complement to bonding. Rather than adding to your tooth, contouring safely removes a miniscule amount of your tooth’s outermost layer, called enamel, to improve textural and esthetic concerns. We will use a polishing instrument to buff a small amount of tissue from your tooth. Contouring is comfortable, may not require anesthetic, and may provide you with the following benefits:

  • Smoothed tooth edges, particularly in the case of sharp, pointed, or jagged teeth
  • Reduction of long teeth that interrupt your smile’s symmetry
  • The gentle reduction of a tooth overlapping another, creating a more aligned appearance
  • Improvement of issues with surface texture, such as mild pitting
  • Like dental bonding, dental contouring is budget-friendly and is generally completed within one visit